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Main Grants: Should I apply?

The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK.

If you are looking for any amount up to £10,000 for one year, see Small Grants.

They give grants for...

Children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

  2. Any kind of disability

  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties

  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Who can apply?

  • Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

  • If you currently have a Main Grant, as long as your funding is coming to an end within the next 12 months you can apply for further Main Grant funding to keep running the same project, or on a different project. You will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences our grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people you have worked with.

  • If you currently have a Small Grant you can also apply for a Main Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people.

How much to apply for?

  • The Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years.

  • There is no upper limit for Main Grants but they make very few grants over £120,000 (or £40,000 per year) and most grants are for much less.

  • Each year they are asked for much more money than they are able to give. Requests for larger amounts are always more competitive.

  • If you wish to apply for a smaller amount their Small Grants Programme or our Emergency Essentials Programme may suit you better.

Initial application deadline - 11:59pm 13th January 2019

When is the final decision due? June 2019

For more information and to apply please visit - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/60DXlxYvbbtcTDm79Mjryj/main-grants-should-i-apply